‘Weed-a-thon’ fundraiser for LBHS students

Current ninth-grade students at Liberty Bell High School, their parents and their teachers will partner with the Methow Conservancy on Thursday (June 5) to pull and dig out weeds on protected agricultural and open space near Mazama. The “weed-a-thon” is a fundraiser for the students’ 10th grade biology class to support field trips and other projects. To support the students, send a check to  Biology Fund, P.O. Box 1148, Winthrop, WA 98862.

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 Metal drive continues Saturday

Part two of the Methow Recycles annual metal drive will be on Saturday (June 7) with free drop-off of most scrap metals from 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Cascade Concrete on Horizon Flats Road in Winthrop.

Acceptable materials include appliances, “things with engines” (farm, garden and lawn equipment), wire, cable, pipe, chain, scrap steel and iron, and non-ferrous metals such as copper and aluminum, according to a Methow Recycles press release.

Not generally acceptable are electronics, microwave ovens and closed containers that may hold fuel, paint or pesticides.

For more information, call (509) 341-4264 or email heavymetal@methowrecycles.org.

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Spring prescribed burning is complete

The spring prescribed burning season has concluded in the Methow Valley, the U.S. Forest Service said in a press release last week. Crews will focus on patrolling active burn units while continuing to prepare for fire season, the release said. Burn treatments were completed on about 750 acres this spring.

“This summer we plan to continue thinning and hand-piling understory trees that contribute to crown fire spread in several locations in the Cub Creek drainage,” said Meg Trebon, assistant fire management officer for the Methow Valley Ranger District. “Sometime in or after September, we anticipate starting our fall burn program with underburning and pile burning planned in the Wolf, Fawn, Cub, Eightmile and Squaw Creek drainages.”

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Vacation Bible school

Community Covenant Church in Twisp will offer a free “Wilderness Escape Vacation Bible School” from July 14 – 18. Children entering grades K – 6 are invited. The camp will be from 6:30 – 9 p.m. each day. For more information, call 997-0595.